Annie Awards Nominees Announced

ASIFA Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society, has released its list of nominees for the 30th Annual Annie Award ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, February 1 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, Calif. Regarded as “the Oscars of the animation industry,” the Annie Awards recognize a wide range of acheivements in film, television, home video and commercial animation.

Competing for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Theatrical Feature will be Twentieth Century Fox’s Ice Age, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and DreamWorks’ Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Up for the directing award are Ron Clements and John Musker for Treasure Planet, Dean Deblois and Chris Sanders for Lilo & Stitch, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich and David Silverman for Monster’s, Inc., Hayao Miyazaki for Spirited Away, and the team of Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha for Ice Age.

On the television side, Disney’s Kim Possible, Cartoon Network’s The Flintstones on the Rocks, Fox’s Futurama, Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim and Fox’s The Simpsons will all vie for top honors.

The Annie Awards were founded 30 years ago by legendary voice actor June Foray. This year, the June Foray Award for significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation will go to Gerry Miller.

To see a complete list of nominations, visit www.annieawards.org.